Momaya Press Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the writers we will publish in the Momaya Annual Review 2016!

1st Place
China Dolls, Alison Wassell

2nd Place
Overestimation Of Importance, Mahalia Solages

3rd Place
Amalfi, O’Hara Moon

Honourable Mention
Beating Heart And All, Brad Adams
Danuta’s Smile, Julie Balloo
How To Be You, Philippa Found
Leap in the Dark, Paula Hunter
Remy, Jenny-Rose Kendrick
Going on Eighty-Six, L. F. Roth
Pitch Man, Pat Phillips

Published for the theme “Ambition”
Scilla, Dianne Beeaff
Winter Games, Mary Bevan
Stars Hide Your Fire, John Clark
Crush, Philippa Found
The Crisis Line, Robert Grossmith
The Beads Of Life, Andrew Kuzyk
When You Grow Up, Victoria Lotridge
On The Shelf, Lucy Mouland
All I Want To Do Is To Touch Your Face, Sandy Norris
The Writers’ Bar, Marcus Ong
A Life Well Lived, Marc Owen Jones

These stories were selected by our panel of judges from 116 entries from 14 countries (Australia, China, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States of America). Thank you to all the writers who shared their work with us; we enjoyed reading every single entry.

Save the date:
Momaya Annual Awards
15 November 2016
London (exact location and further details TBC)

Submit your story to the Momaya Short Story Competition

“Dystopia / Utopia” are the themes for the 14th annual Momaya Short Story Competition.  While entries for the Momaya Competition may be on any topic and are judged on their own merit, the judges will select additional stories for publication based on their treatment of the “Dystopia / Utopia” theme.

Some of the world’s greatest literature have dealt with the theme of dystopia — Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale, Anthony Burgess’ The Clockwork Orange, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World, George Orwell’s 1984, to name just a handful.  While utopias seem a bit more thin on the ground, the better known include William Morris’s News from Nowhere, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Campanella’s The City of the Sun and Disney’s Tomorrowland. Utopias seem to have dominated the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, while dystopias came into their own after World War One.

“Almost without exception, everything society has considered a social advance has been prefigured first in some utopian writing.” – David L. Cooperrider, PhD

What is the vision you’d like to share with the world – a dystopia or a utopia? Can one person’s dystopia be another’s utopia? We look forward to reading your own, unique take on our theme.  We are accepting entries now until the competition closes 30 April 2017.


Check out the Best Stories of 2015

We enjoyed reading the truly excellent submissions to the Momaya Short Story Competition 2015 and extend our thanks to the hundreds of writers who chose to share their stories with us. We hope to have the honour of reading more of your work in the years to come.

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